Listening to Secretary of State John Kerry’s public shaming of Israel reminded me of what the principal from Billy Madison said.

Mr. Kerry, “what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”

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Nothing Kerry said – right or wrong – fact or fiction – changes the actions the Obama Administration took against Israel.

Kerry blathered on like a kid with his hand caught in the cookie jar trying to explain it away.

This line really got me:

“I want to be very clear. No American administration has done more for Israel’s security than Barack Obama.”

Senator Ben Sasse gave a great response on Twitter:

Kerry weaved in and out of sense talking about the Israeli “occupation” of Palestine and lecturing them for not following their own laws. Sound ironic coming from Kerry? Yeah, it gets worse.

“Israel can either be Jewish or democratic — It cannot be both,” Kerry said.

This sounds more like a threat to me than anything else, and similar to what then-candidate Obama said in 2007:

“Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation – at least, not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.”

So, using Obama-Kerry logic, we can be a Jewish nation, but Israel can’t?

Kerry makes it sound like Israel’s Jewish identity is a bad thing. Jews have a rich history of valuing life and have gone through persecution and many trials because of it. They don’t need lectured on it.

Kerry continued by defending the Obama administration’s shameful move to abstain from the UN resolution against Israel.

I’ve been to Israel twice, and I’ve seen firsthand just how vital Israel’s current borders are for security. What Kerry suggested in his speech was that Israel needs to give up land for peace — something Israel is all-too-familiar with. Israel has offered land for peace five times, each time met with terrorism and intifada.

Palestine needs to recognize Israel’s right to exist. Until this is done, there can never be peace.

It is not America’s job, the UN or any other state body, to lecture Israel on how they should seek peace or whether or not they should build settlements in land they’ve lived in for thousands of years.

Israel knows what’s best for Israel, and America’s best interest and values are the same as Israel.

Before Kerry’s disgraceful, one-hour speech, President-elect Donald J. Trump tweeted out this assurance to our greatest ally in the Middle East:

And during Kerry’s chastisement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to Trump on Twitter:

Netanyahu blasted the UN resolution as a “declaration of war” and punched back at Kerry’s speech.

Netanyahu restored sanity in his 10 minute speech, countering Kerry’s hour-long hit job against Israel.

So, now friends, the Obama Administration has made it very clear they don’t stand with our greatest ally in the Middle East.

Obama only has a few weeks left in office, but only time will tell how much more damage they can do to the US-Israel relationship.

Caleb Parke, Israel, Airport, David Ben-Gurion

Live long. Live free. And like President-elect Trump said, stay strong, Israel. For our sake and yours, January 20th can’t come soon enough.

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December 28, 2016